A woman should visit a doctor anywhere between 5 to 15 times during her pregnancy. It is important that a woman goes to a doctor whom she trusts.
the doctor is important during pregnancy?
Once a woman becomes pregnant it’s important that
she gets the proper care known as antenatal care and support for both herself
and the baby. The doctor would perform some tests on the mother to prevent,
diagnose and treat any disease, she might suffer from.
The doctor would also recommend the mother to
follow a healthy lifestyle includingeating a balanced dietand exercising
regularly. This way the doctor makes sure that the pregnancy period passes
smoothly and that she delivers a healthy baby at the end of it.
How many visits
to the doctor does a pregnant woman have to go through?
A woman should visit a doctor anywhere between 5 to
15 times during her pregnancy. It is important that a woman goes to a doctor
whom she trusts and has confidence in. This way the mother and the doctor can
work together and do what is best for the health of the baby.
The initial visit or first visit to the doctor
takes place at 8 weeks of gestation. During this visit, the doctor takes a
complete medical history of the mother, a thorough physical examination is done
which includes a pelvic exam, breast exam. urine test and pap smear,
The mother might also have an ultrasound and some
blood tests which check the level of glucose in blood along with presence of
infections such as rubella, hepatitis B & C, varicella and gonorrhea.It is during the first visit that a
woman might discuss about lifestyle changes, genetic diseases and restrictions
she may need to observe during her pregnancy.
The second visit takes place between 9 to 14 weeks
of gestation. A number of tests are performed during this visit including
checking the level of B-hCg, a hormone which confirms the pregnancy of a woman.
A Nuchal Translucency Scan and pregnancy associated
plasma protein A tests can be done during this visit to see whether or not the
fetus is at risk of developing Down Syndrome.
Chorionic Villus Sampling is a procedure which can
be done during this visit in order to detect genetic conditions such as Down
Syndrome, Thalassemia, Sickle Cell Anemia and Cystic Fibrosis.
The Third Visit
This visit occurs between 15 to 22 weeks of
gestation. Maternal Serum Alpha Feto Protein is a test
performed in order to detect the level of Alpha Feto Protein. High levels of
this protein suggest the developing baby has a neural tube defect such as spina
bifida or anencephaly. High levels of this protein might also suggest a defect
in the oesophagus of the baby or abdomen.
On the other hand, low levels of Alpha Feto Protein
might indicate the presence of chromosomal abnormalities such as Down Syndrome
and Edward Syndrome.Quad Screening Test
is another procedure which detects the presence of neural tube defects such as
spina bifida and chromosomal abnormalities such as Down Syndrome.
Amniocentesis is a procedure which may be performed
at this stage if we need to detect fetal infections, chromosomal abnormalities
as well as determination of the gender of the baby.
This visit takes place between 18 to 20 weeks of
gestation. It is during this visit that an ultrasound is done in order to get a
full view of the fetus and to assess the progress of the pregnancy and the
overall health of the baby.
The Fifth Visit
This visit occurs between the weeks 24 and 28 of
gestation. A glucose tolerance test is done at this stage to check the level of
glucose in the blood and prevent development ofgestational diabetes.
The Sixth Visit
This visit takes place between 28 to 30 weeks of
gestation. It is during this visit that the doctor administers Rh antibodies in
the mother’s blood. These antibodies prevent an Rh negative mother’s antibodies
from reacting against the red blood cells of the fetus thereby avoiding their
subsequent destruction. Not administering such antibodies into the mother might
lead the fetus to suffer from a severe, possibly fatal, form of anemia known as
This visit takes place between 35 to 40 weeks of
gestation. This visit focuses on blood tests which detect any abnormality in
the blood including anemia and infections such as chlamydia. This visit focuses
on the overall health of the mother and her baby as well as making sure that
the mother is ready for delivery.
Summary of Doctor Essential Visits
The table below summarizes the visits and tests
performed by the doctor on the mother.
Tests / Procedures
Obstetrical History is
Complete Blood Count,
Rh factor (screening and
HbA1c (in pre-existing
Urinalysis and culture,
Infections, STDs etc.
Rubella Antibody Titer,
Hepatitis B Surface
Hepatitis C virus(HCV),
Varicella(if anyone has
These tests help to check
and document over all well being of the pregnant woman.
Bloods tests are
performed that help prevent fetus from any possible infectious diseases from
being transferred from the mother.
And if you are a diabetic
mother, regular monitoring of your blood sugar will help prevent
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